Date of Award


Degree Type

Internship Practicum Report

Degree Name

Master of Science

Field of Study

Clinical Research Management


Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

First Advisor

Lisa Hodge

Second Advisor

Stephen O. Mathew

Third Advisor

Marianna E. Jung


Understanding the safety and efficacy of potential new medications relies on evidence gained through the participation of subjects in clinical drug trials. Many clinical trial sites struggle with recruitment of suitable participants which can delay the progress of drug development. Physicians can play a significant role in influencing patients to enter into a clinical trial, however many physicians due not utilize their unique position to facilitate the recruitment of patients into clinical trials, which may help to advance medical science and improve future treatment options. The lack of participation by physicians in the referral of patients into clinical trials (Crosson et al. 2001; Daugherty C, 1995; Jenkins and Fallowfield, 2000; Lara et al., 2001) can potentially be explained by various obstacles. We propose that these obstacles may be issues such as time, lack of knowledge about clinical trials, lack of clinical trials suitable for patients, language barriers, conflict of interest, communication with local investigators, and trust in medical researchers.


Torrez, Nick, Obstacles Associated with Physician Referral of Patients into Clinical Trials. Master of Science (Clinical Research Management), April, 2017, 87 pp., 12 tables, 9 figures, bibliography, 51 titles.